As a matter of principle and good governance, the Rainforest Fund will grant only 80% of the total budget of a proposed project. Projects shall preferably have one year duration, will be assessed year by year, and will not go beyond a third year in order to avoid dependency.
Projects are evaluated according to strict criteria and include the following
- The activities should strengthen the target group, the measures taken ought to be planned and implemented primarily by the beneficiaries themselves and based on local knowledge and expertise.
- Emphasis is placed on those activities that relate specifically to the rights of Indigenous Peoples, to ensure their lives and environments are protected.
- Generally it will support local Indigenous communities which show potential to play a key role at the local, regional, and national level and will benefit from limited input to achieve their goals.
The Rainforest Fund will NOT consider requests for:
- Conservation projects
- General operating support of organizations’ structures
- International fundraising appeals or campaigns
- Academic research projects
- Purely data gathering projects or expeditions
- Projects that seek primarily to provide long-term services which are the responsibility of the state
- Production costs for films, video, television, or radio projects
- General operating support for Indigenous organization structures greater than 17%
Application Deadlines and Procedures:
- Deadline for the receipt of proposals is October 31st, and represents the final deadline for consideration of proposals.
- Applications for grants are considered annually by the Board of Directors in mid-December.
- Successful applicants will be notified by January 15th.